Richard Keys (born 23 April 1957) is an English sports presenter who
has worked for BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Talksport, Al Jazeera, Fox
ESPN Star Sports
ESPN Star Sports , BeIN Sports; and has presented many
top-level football matches.
1.1 Resignation from Sky Sports
2 Personal life
4 Charity work
5 Al Jazeera, beIN Sports and Talksport
His career started in London in 1976 when he began working for the
Fleet Street Sports Agency (HAYTER’s) until 1978, when he moved
to Liverpool and worked in Radio City as a football commentator. In
1982, he moved to Manchester to work in Piccadilly Radio as Sports
editor and Football commentator. In 1984 Keys moved back to London,
where he joined the ITV network as the main anchor of the breakfast
show called TV-am. While working at
TV-am he also commentated on
football matches for ITV and cycling for Channel 4, including two
Tours de France.
Keys was one of the presenters for the Sports Channel on British
Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) in spring 1990. When BSB merged with Sky
in 1991, the channel was renamed Sky Sports. He presented
the last time on 28 December 1990 before leaving for Sky Sports.
Sky Sports coverage of
Premier League football since
the league's inception in 1992. He was the presenter of the flagship
Super Sunday and also presented Sky's Monday Night Football, which
coincided with Sky gaining rights for the UEFA Champions League. Later
he fronted all of Sky Sports' Champions League coverage.
In 2008, Keys also presented the UEFA Euro 2008 for Al Jazeera
Resignation from Sky Sports
In January 2011, Keys resigned as a Sky presenter after making
derogatory comments about female assistant referee Sian Massey. His
off-air comments about Massey and the fitness of women to officiate at
football matches were recorded and leaked. Further clips were leaked
showing co-presenter Andy Gray and Keys behaving in a sexist
Keys apologised for the "prehistoric banter" and said: "Such comments
were made off-air to work colleagues, and were, of course, never
intended to be broadcast." He added that "If off-air conversations of
television and radio presenters were recorded, there would be no one
left working. That is not to defend what happened."
Keys has later joined talkSPORT radio, where he presented on
Saturday evenings. Later in 2011, Keys returned to television
broadcasting launching the boxing channel Boxnation with boxing
promoter Frank Warren.
From the age of four,
Richard Keys had a passion for football, ever
since his father took him to watch
Coventry City play Swansea Town in
the old Third Division. He was educated at the now-defunct Whitley
Abbey Comprehensive School, where he was head boy. 
Richard met his wife Julia in 1980. They married in 1982 and have two
In 2003, Keys has received an Honorary title from
(Honorary Doctor of Letters) for outstanding services to sports
In 2012, Keys and Andy Gray received the best sports programme prize
for their talkSPORT show at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.
He has also received a variety of best sports presenter awards from
different publications.
Geoff Shreeves have helped to raise money for Nordoff-Robbins
(A musical charity for Children with Autism).
In addition Keys and his wife Julia Keys are patrons for the Willow
Foundation, a charity for people with special needs, founded by the
former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson in memory of his late
In 2002, Keys and Gray raised £64,000 for charity in the ITV show Who
Wants to be a Millionaire.
Al Jazeera, beIN Sports and Talksport
In June 2013 it was confirmed that
Al Jazeera had agreed a contract
Sky Sports football presenters,
Richard Keys and Andy
They both present from
Doha in Qatar and present football including
the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and FA Cup.
Coverage started for the 2013-14 season while they continued to
TalkSport show from Qatar.
Keys along with Gray is now the face of the
BeIN Sports channels which
broadcast all 365
Premier League games per season mainly on their
flagship "Super Saturday" programme. 
^ "Andy Gray and
Richard Keys Added to Fox Soccer Channel World Cup
Coverage World Soccer Talk". Epltalk.com. 2010-01-10. Retrieved
^ "Hayters Teamwork". Hayters.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
^ "Presenter Profiles". TV-am. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
^ "Richard Keys". Metro.co.uk. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
^ "Why the FA board rebels didn't go for Burton centre Mail Online".
Dailymail.co.uk. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
^ a b Gibson, Owen (26 January 2011). "
Richard Keys resigns from Sky
Sports after sexism storm". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January
^ "Richard Keys". talkSPORT. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
^ "Richard Keys- Profile Page -
Alumni.coventry.ac.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
^ "Andy Gray and
Richard Keys win Sony Radio Academy Award for best
sports programme - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. 2012-05-14. Retrieved
^ "About FE Money Raised". Football Extravaganza. Archived from the
original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
^ "FE Dinner 2012
Premier League at 20 - Images John Marshall (JM
Enternational)". Marshall.photoshelter.com. 2012-04-12. Retrieved
^ "Richard Keys". Willowfoundation.org.uk. Archived from the original
on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
^ Charles Sale (10 June 2013). "EXCLUSIVE: Keys and Gray are back on
TV! Shamed duo sign up for comeback in Qatar". Daily Mail. Retrieved
Sky Sports duo Keys and Gray slip back onto British
screens". Daily Mail. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September
Hawksbee and Jacobs